April 24, 2021

Data Engineering + CyberSecurity

Hello there, I’ve recently started taking an interest in cyber security. I’m wondering what kind of pathways I could take given my background. I’ve been looking through Reddit and alot of the questions I see are from new grads or those outside the tech field transitioning.

My case is a bit different. Currently a senior level Data Engineer. My experience is a mixture of ALOT python (everything from data pipelines, data science/modeling buidling, and some low level scripting/programming), data warehousing, and DevOps (more AWS but some GCP). I do have a BA and an MA but they are in a completely different discipline (humanities) so I’m self taught but I do have a wide body of work and contributions.

I’m not thinking of switching over full time to Security but looking to fuse Data Engineer with Security (think T shaped engineer mental model). Maybe I could switch down the road if I feel like it but this is more exploratory for now. I’m trying to figure out how to frame this approach

1. Is the mixture of these two disciplines even worth it? Should I just stick to one? Are there any complements?
2. Would my skills in Data Engineer be transferrable? More importantly, is it desirable?
3. I see that a lot of Cyber security certifications available, do I need to be able to get them in order to be competitive? I was able to find some training for CISSP and CompTIA CySA+, Pentest+, and Security+. Do I need *all* of them or something else?
4. What’s the level of overlap between data engineer and cyber-security (I usually see Python and Linux as the overlap)?
5. Do you think the field of cyber security will be larger than data engineering? I’m lucky right now because a lot of organizations are now seeing the value of good data engineers and good data tools, but I’m not sure if this is sustainable.

Thanks ahead of time! I’m still forging on this pathway but any responses would be helpful in me tweaking my journey.

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